I've played with people that played Caribbean Stud or Three Card blind until take one loss (not sure if that means any loss, or just a loss with a hand they wouldn't have played otherwise). Figure if you get a little lucky, you can keep collecting the ante as the dealer keeps failing to qualify. Never tried it myself, but it always intrigued me. Obviously the house edge jumps up, but I can see where people might give it a shot if they can afford to take that one loss.
I usually stand on 16 versus a 10. Just hate to get a 4, think I have ducked a bullet, but instead of the expected dealer 20, he has a stiff but hits it for a 21 GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
And if playing one of SWITCH's games, would be really pissed to hit a 16, get a 5 for 21, then dealers gets 22 and we push. WTF !!
Hell, someone inventor out there is probably working on a version where the BJ dealer has to qualify !
Gee, if Switch or Mr.CasinoGames are doing that ,I better apologize right now. LOL
I heard this story from a floor. The dealer called her over, and there were maybe four or five players, and the dealer had flipped over her hand, and had like a hard 15 (the 10 was the hole card). Floor was called cause the lady at first base wanted to split or hit or something. Floor had the dealer finish the hand, she drew a 10 to bust herself. Standard procedure says to then ask any players if they want out of the hand, they can pull their money back. The woman on third base PULLED HER MONEY. The floor made it very clear to her that she was going to get paid if she decided to stay in the hand, or she could pull out and not get anything, and the woman pulls out anyway. Very strange when I heard it. It was almost out of spite she decided not to get paid, since she didn't get to play her hand like she wanted.
Over several years of dealing various games I estimate I dealt around half a million hands of blackjack. Of all those hands I can only think of two where I remember what every player had. On one particular hand I dealt four people and myself a blackjack. Here is the other hand I remember:
I was still a break-in working the morning shift. It was freezing outside so when I pushed into my first game of the day, a double deck (pitch) game, I could barely feel my fingers. There were three friends taking up the first three spots and a middle aged women on third base. I dealt the first card to each, then a 10 as my upcard. I dealt the second card to each, but as I pitched third base's second card somehow the next card, my hole card, slid right off the deck. It landed on its edge facing first base then gently flopped faced down. I quickly tucked it under my upcard like nothing happened.
I turned towards first base praying he didn't catch a glimpse of my hole card. He tosses his two cards in and says "surrender". He had a 17. Guy in seat two then immediately tosses in his 13, "surrender". Seat three shows his cards to first base and first base motions with his head towards me. Seat three tosses in his cards, "surrender". He had a 19.
Now I turn to third base. The woman looks at her cards for a second and first base asks, "What do you have?" She shows the table her 16. All at once the three other players yell, "SURRENDER!" As she's tucking her cards she says, "Surrender is like throwing your money away!". I quickly flip over the hole card (a Queen) and take her money, trying not to laugh.
Playing at Reno (can't remember the casino). We're all slightly drunk and having a good time. I'm not playing but I'm standing behind a relative who's playing on 3rd base.
The dealer just finished clarifying some rules with a player and mentions he can double on any of his first 2 cards. He says "ANY?" and the dealer agrees.
His next hand out he got dealt a natural. THE PLAYER ASKS TO DOUBLE. The dealer was thrown off and calls over the PB. The player and the PB talked for a little bit (can't remember what was said), and decides to allow the player to double. He gets a face card.
A player to his left gets upset and says he "threw off the order of the deck" by making this play. I'm standing behind him. He ends up busting (but wouldn't have if the guy didn't double), and the dealer busts. The guy becomes furious for losing his bet due to the guy's play. Awkward situation since we were all getting along just a minute ago, but a few rounds later he perks up.